Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Promoting Safety through Accountability
Many Minnesota residents enjoy the fun and freedom their motorcycles provide. Most motorcyclists are safe, responsible drivers. Unfortunately, even the most conscientious motorcyclist is in danger when those around him or her fail to take the proper safety precautions.
If you live in Minnesota and have been injured in a motorcycle accident or if an accident has taken the life of someone you love, please contact GoldenbergLaw online or call our Minneapolis office at 612-436-5026 to set up a free and informative consultation with our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys.
- Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Minnesota
- Minnesota Motorcycle Laws
- How our Minneapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys can Help
- Frequently Asked Motorcycle Accident Questions
- Contact GoldenbergLaw
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Minnesota
The Minnesota motorcycle accident attorneys at GoldenbergLaw have decades of experience representing injured motorcyclists and their families. We know that motorcyclists often face unique challenges in recovering physically and financially from collisions.
The injuries sustained by the parties involved in motorcycle accidents are almost always disproportionate to one another, and the physical damage to the vehicles does not always accurately represent the severity of the accident. When you hire our firm to represent you following injury in a Minnesota motorcycle accident, we will thoroughly investigate your case to determine its cause and hold the liable party accountable for all of your damages.
While drivers of motor vehicles are required to purchase no-fault insurance in Minnesota, motorcyclists are not. This makes it more likely that it may be necessary to pursue a claim against the other driver’s insurance company in order to be properly compensated. To do so, the liability (determining who was responsible for what) of the accident must be clearly established. Thus, proving liability is often crucial to the success of these cases.
Because motorcyclists have little protection from the open road, their safety is partially in the hands of other drivers. Unfortunately, a motorcyclist can take every safety precaution and still fall victim to someone else’s negligence. In many cases, these accidents can result in catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
Some common causes of motorcycle accidents in Minneapolis include:
- Reckless driving, such as speeding or failing to signal a lane change
- Failing to check mirrors and blind spots when merging, changing lanes, or turning
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Running stop signs or red lights
- Failing to yield
- Failing to take weather and road conditions into account
- Defective vehicle parts
Many motorcycle accidents happen when other drivers fail to check their rear view mirrors, side mirrors, or blind spot when making a turn, changing lanes, or merging. Because motorcycle accidents often happen with little to no warning, it is not always clear who was at fault.
When the liability is not clear, the motorcyclist often gets an unfair portion of the blame. If you have been injured on your motorcycle as a result of another driver’s negligence, the Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at GoldenbergLaw are here to help. We know exactly how to investigate these cases for proper establishment of liability and what to do once the cause of a motorcycle accident has been determined to secure maximum compensation for our clients.
Minnesota Motorcycle Laws
While there can be a number of causes of motorcycle accidents – many of which are beyond the control of motorcyclists – the state of Minnesota has enacted several laws to help protect those who ride motorcycles from serious or fatal injury.
To operate a motorcycle in the state of Minnesota, you must have a valid motorcycle instruction permit or an endorsement on your license. Helmet use is not required in Minnesota unless you are under the age of 18, but eye protection is required for everyone riding on or operating a motorcycle. Windshields do not qualify as eye protection under Minnesota motorcycle laws.
All motorcyclists must carry liability insurance. In addition, safety features including daytime running headlights, rearview mirrors, brakes, and at least one taillight are required before a motorcycle is street legal in Minnesota.
It is illegal for motorcyclists to split lanes, carry anything that interferes with gripping the handlebar, or engage in other dangerous behavior. For a full list of Minnesota motorcycle laws, please visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety motorcycle laws page.
Motorcycle laws are intended to help prevent accidents by increasing motorcycle visibility. They are also designed to help prevent serious or fatal injury when a motorcycle accident occurs. Sadly, even the most cautious, law-abiding motorcyclist cannot always avoid an accident. When accidents do occur, our experienced Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyers are here to take immediate action, protect your rights and interests, and fight for every penny you deserve.
How Our Minneapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help
In the aftermath of your accident, you’re often not thinking about the necessity of speaking to a motorcycle accident lawyer. However, we can do a lot for you in this difficult time, including:
- Evaluating the merit of your claim at a free, no-obligation initial consultation
- Investigating the scene of the accident to establish fault. (If necessary, this means working with accident investigators and engineers who analyze skid marks, evaluate damage to vehicles, map out intersections, and document road conditions.)
- Interviewing eyewitnesses and gathering evidence that will substantiate your claim
- Helping you understand your insurance policy and making sure you receive any benefits you are entitled to without unnecessary delays
- Speaking and negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf
- Lining up medical experts who will evaluate your condition
- Pursuing compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other factors
Speaking with us costs you nothing, and it will allow you to have many of your questions answered free of charge.
After the accident, it can be difficult to get a consistent account of what happened or who was at fault. Often, the other driver feels that the motorcycle “came out of nowhere.” If the parties do not agree on what happened, it becomes especially important to contact our motorcycle accident attorneys as soon as possible.
It is crucial that a thorough, professional investigator look into your accident. An investigation that occurs soon after your accident has a number of advantages. Namely, witnesses can provide more accurate and reliable accounts of the incident, and physical evidence (such as tire skid marks) could still be at the scene. These things are essential for building a strong case and securing the total compensation you are due. Call us at 612-436-5026 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Frequently Asked Motorcycle Accident Questions
What are “damages” in a motorcycle accident?
The term “damages” refers to compensation that you can recover in a legal action.
What type of damages can I seek if I am injured in an accident involving a motorcycle?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damages including:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses: This includes medical expenses, home modifications or adaptive technologies that you require as a result of your accident
- Past and Future Wage Loss: If you miss work, will miss work, or make less money as a result of your accident, you can recover for these losses
- Past and Present Noneconomic Damages: This includes physical pain, emotional duress, and loss of quality of life
The best way to determine what you may be entitled to is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the Minneapolis motorcycle accident attorneys at GoldenbergLaw. We can help you no matter where in Minnesota you’ve been hurt.
Can I file a motorcycle accident claim in Minnesota even if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
In the state of Minnesota, only instructional permit holders and those under the age of 18 are required to wear a motorcycle helmet. Of course, wearing a helmet can greatly reduce your risk for catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, but not wearing one has no bearing on your ability to file suit and seek compensation.
One of our Minnesota motorcycle accident attorneys will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail during your free initial consultation.
How is liability (fault) determined in a motorcycle accident?
Determining liability in any type of accident can be difficult, which is why you need an experienced and dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Our Minneapolis motorcycle accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident to properly establish liability. This may include examining the accident scene, interviewing witnesses, and evaluating police reports.
We have years of experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents get justice and will do everything possible to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Should I accept an insurance settlement after my motorcycle accident?
You should not accept an insurance settlement until you have discussed your rights with one of our accident attorneys at GoldenbergLaw. Insurance companies are infamous for cheating victims out of fair compensation and once you have accepted a settlement you waive your right to take legal action.
Before you accept an insurance settlement, talk to one of our lawyers to learn what your claim is actually worth. We will deal with insurance companies for you, protecting you against their predatory tactics and helping you get maximum compensation.
If you have questions about your rights following a motorcycle accident or if you are ready to begin legal action, please call our Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at 612-436-5026 to schedule your cost and obligation-free consultation right away. Our personal injury lawyers serve victims of motorcycle accidents living in Minneapolis. St. Paul, and throughout Minnesota.